Beyonce and Jay Came to Slay: My Night at “On the Run II” in Dallas

By Jared West I arrived at the stadium and walked through the most massive crowds of the best-dressed people I’ve seen in one place in a long time. The pre-show energy was unreal. People were singing, clapping, laughing, and not a single note of music had been played. As I took my seat, I sat...

BGN TIFF 2018: This Movie Nerd’s Watch List for the Toronto International Film Festival

I am going to TIFF! Yup, the Toronto International Film Festival! My press credentials came in last week. Digital. I get the real ones when I get to Canada on Thursday. (Stay tuned to my Twitter for those obnoxious BGN TIFF 2018 pics!) That along with all the trailers, the movie screeners (digital versions of the...

Let’s Talk About Detroit’s Iconic Earrings in ‘Sorry to Bother You’

By Tejah Wilson Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You is a surreal black fantasy film made for everyone. Costume designer Deirdra Elizabeth Govan’s talent, and Boots Riley’s vision came together to create memorable costumes for the characters in the film. One character whose style stands out from the rest is artist and activist, Detroit. She...

BGN #TBT: The Boys Next Door (and the Families that Put Up with Them)

By Ashley Turner Young, annoying, loyal. They’re the boys who always wear out their welcome, but you let them stay over anyway. They were the Boys Next Door, a staple of the family sitcom across races and genres in the 1980s and 90s. On Black sitcoms, however, these boys were really something special. Think about...

BGN Film: Right Story, Wrong Storyteller–On Representation in Hollywood

By Taylor Reese Representation. It's something that marginalized people have wanted in Hollywood since its creation. It's a wish that has often either been ignored. Or it's stereotyped to befit the White gaze of America at the expense of those marginalized groups. Although we are slowly starting to get more representation, simply getting more stories...

BGN Opinion: Is Popularity-Based Healthcare Our Next Option?

By: Donnie Lopez Lately, it has been all over social media, pleas for help with healthcare..  My father has recently been diagnosed with cancer but cannot afford the treatment. He is a good man who has always helped others and now needs your help in return. Accompanying this post is usually a link to a GoFundMe page...

BGN TBT: ‘Family Matters’ In Defense of Judy Winslow

By Ashley Turner Then watching a movie or television show, it’s natural to develop a connection of sorts to the characters. As a kid, I was addicted to ABC’s weekly TGIF (Thank Goodness It's Funny) lineup of shows. My mother knew it was a foolproof way to park my butt in front of the TV...

BGN Pull List: DC/Marvel Wedding Spoiler Edition–Really?

Whether DC or Marvel, both comic giants have been promoting their events of the summer for quite some time.  For DC Tom King has been, working up to the momentous event in issue 50 since issue #24 of Batman.  Batman, also known as Bruce Wayne, and Catwoman, better known as Selina Kyle, spent the...

BGN Opinion: Can ‘One Day at a Time” Beat Hollywood’s Whitewashing?

By Donnie Lopez “This Is It! Gloria Estefan Is (Finally!) Coming To Netflix's One Day At A Time" I read this Netflix newsletter title and immediately thought about the words alone. I thought about all the prominent luminaries like Gloria Estefan whose ethnicities were misidentified at the beginning of their careers. Then my eyes moved from the...

BGN’s TBT: A ‘Living Single’ vs. ‘Friends’ Character Showdown

By Ashley Turner In 1993 a sitcom airs on a major cable network. It’s a series about six friends who all live, love and laugh together as they navigate life’s uncertainties in New York City. It’s funny, sexy, and aspirational and speaks to an entire generation of young people who grow up watching the characters....
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